These are giant mouths that seem to swallow the stars in the vastness of the universe. Sometimes called “Hand of God” or “mouth of the monster”

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These are giant mouths that seem to swallow the stars in the vastness of the universe. Sometimes called “Hand of God” or “mouth of the monster” , cometary globules are small neutral gas and dust clouds surrounded by hot, ionized matter [which] dot the Milky Way. “ Thanks to the Very Large Telescope (VLT ) of the European Southern Observatory (ESO), new images of one of these formations, called CG4, we have come to earth Wednesday, January 28.

Known since 1976, but rarely observed CG4 remains a mystery to astronomers. It is located some 1,300 light years from Earth in the constellation Puppis, says ESO in a statement.

Mystery surrounding its formation

“The front of CG4, clearly visible in this image evokes the head of a monster – its diameter is 1.5 light year”, continues the agency. “The tail of the globule – which extends well Step outside the lower limits of the image – is approximately eight light years Astronomical standards allow to assimilate to a modest-sized cloud. “.

Modest scale of the universe, this training is not less mysterious. Indeed, “the reason CG4 and other cometary globules feature a characteristic shape is still the subject of debate within the astronomy community “ , says ESO detailing both theories clashing. “One assumes that the cometary globules could be spherical nebulae which remains content material was dispersed under the effect of supernova explosions in relative proximity. The other theory is considering the possibility that the form of cometary globules resulting stellar winds and ionizing radiation emitted by hot and massive stars OB type (…) “, she explains.

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